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UDE 2.0.7 and UAD2 Debug Tools for Microcontrollers

A debug tool specially tailored to support the individual features of Infineon’s new scalable XC2200 microcontoller family was recently released by PLS Development Tools (San Jose, CA). Infineon used the modular components-based Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 2.0.7 and the Universal Access Device 2 (UAD2) family of units from PLS to test its first XC200 microcontrollers and for preparation of software drivers and application examples. Both the UDE 2.0.7 and the UAD2 provide unlimited support for all internal debug resources and peripheral sets of Infineon’s new XC200 microcontrollers. The integrated FLASH/OTP programming function of the UDE 2.0.7 enables high speeds in the entire FLASH, but also for external devices from AMD, Intel, ATMEL, and other JEDEC-compatible FLASH memories.

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Encapsulated Video “Brick” Bolsters Video Surveillance Along Boarder

Increasingly dependent on continuous video monitoring and recording, even today’s more sophisticated security surveillance systems are often plagued by reliability problems. In some ways, more complex video systems are susceptible to signal and other dependability problems simply because they are multifaceted. Systems integrators may know what cameras and recorders to use in a given situation, but they also need to consider how subcomponents could play a critical role under certain conditions. A noisy switch or incompatible distribution amplifier (DA) can compromise the integrity of a video security system yet go undiagnosed or even undetected until the horse is already out of the barn.

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Secure Your Embedded Wireless Network

Connecting devices like medical instruments, weigh scales, printers, sensors, and other embedded devices to wireless networks allows the user to gain unprecedented freedom and mobility without the need for cumbersome cabling. Traditionally, many of these devices have been confined to a certain area, and the applications have been prone to human error when used by someone to manually collect information and then transfer it to a computer.

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Next-Gen Networks Drive AdvancedTCA Deployments

The evolution of technology and the never-ending thirst for higher bandwidth from industries and applications are pushing the limits of existing standards. The latest processors run faster and integrate more features, thus requiring greater power, more efficient cooling design, and a larger board size. The explosion of bandwidth in enterprise local-area networks (LANs) brought on by the deployment of gigabit Ethernet, 3G/WiMAX mobile communication, and wireless network systems and the growth of triple-play or multi-play network services, have all fueled the demand for servicing greater amounts of data traffic.

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Battlefield Robots

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking proposals for LANdroids -- a fleet of miniature, intelligent mobile robots that will aid military communications in urban settings. The goal is to create small, inexpensive robotic radio relay nodes that dismounted warfighters will drop as they deploy. The nodes will then self-configure to form a mesh network -- a temporary infrastructure that establishes communications over the region. Through movement and density, the LANdroids will enable continuous communications in complex, non-line-of-sight environments, dealing with phenomena such as fades and shadows through strategic self-placement and chaining of the relays. DARPA is holding an industry briefing on the LANdroid program this Friday, July 6, in Arlington, VA. Proposals are due by August 16. Visit here for more info.

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Current Attractions

Origin 8 Windows-based data analysis and graphing software from OriginLab Corp., Northampton, MA, has been named NTB's Product of the Month for July. The software operates around a revamped workbook space, which allows results of an analysis to be placed into a worksheet within the raw data's workbook. Parameter values, statistics, and related analysis graphs are available whenever looking at the original data. A new multi-sheet workbook feature keeps all related data, analyses, and graphs together. Sheets can be moved, added, inserted, or deleted. Workbooks in the new version also contain a new feature that allows users to embed graphs and images within cells to create a custom report. Click here for more info.

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Techs of the Week

An electromagnetic actuator is a highly sensitive motion control device that employs more reliable and cleaner electromagnetic technologies to replace slower, less precise, larger, noisier, and environmentally unfriendly hydraulic omponents. This patented technology uses an armature in the form of a piston that moves on its own slide bearing rings. Fully sealed construction allows the actuators to operate underwater, in a vacuum, or in a hostile or sterile environment. A computer-controlled, programmable control interface allows safe manual control of motorized vehicles that typically move heavy loads or operate in variable terrain. A proprietary computer program enables an operator to manage a load as if it were light and on a smooth, level surface, regardless of the actual grade. Operation does not require manipulation of throttle and/or brakes. The technology has been applied to wheelchairs and is adaptable to bicycles, pallet jacks, or any wheeled device that benefits from power assist. The Technologies of the Week describe inventions offered for license through the yet2.com marketplace. Search over $2.5 billion of licensable technologies at www.yet2.com.

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